The president is shitting all over the first amendment again because its a day that ends in “y.”

President Broken Brain held another mini-press conference next to a whirring helicopter this morning where he said a bunch of dumb shit, including bashing President Obama, Michelle Obama, Jim Acosta, and April Ryan.

In a particularly contentious moment, CNN reporter Abby Phillip asked him if he wants Matt Whitaker (his appointed Attorney General, from whom he also tried to distance himself during the informal press huddle) to reign in Mueller.

“What a stupid question. What a stupid question. But I watch you a lot, you ask a lot of stupid questions,” he replied a Phillip who had asked a perfectly reasonable question.

He also said that the White House didn’t post a doctored video of the Acosta incident (they did), he didn’t know if Acosta would be permanently banned, and that April Ryan needed to treat the presidency (i.e. him) with respect. He also added there might be other reporters who get their credentials pulled presumably for the crime of not being “respectful” enough for his liking. Cooooooooooool. Cool cool cool and completely normal and cool and not at all Orwellian or Stalinesque and cool.

Meanwhile, reporters on both sides of the political spectrum are being harassed and requiring private security because the leader of our country has labeled them the “enemy of the people” because they report facts that are not flattering to him.

“We’re told CNN has told the targeted employees they can choose the level of protection they want, ranging from round-the-clock armed guards to more limited security, such as following the personality to and from work.”

 

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ, April [Ryan] has received at least 2 serious threats. The first one came in September … someone emailed her and said,  “Your not black. Your a loser with a big mouth that need slapped. If I ever see you, you’re slap is coming. Go eat more s***.”

The other came last month. April got a letter from a guy who claimed to be an ex-Army Ranger. He said, “I know who you are; what you look like; where you work; where you live, and what you drive … so I think I’ll pay you a visit soon. Trust me — it will be the worst day of your life!”

As for the harassment directed at Tucker Carlson, Media Matters made a public statement condemning it, adding:

“Attempts to intimidate and other abusive conduct is not acceptable. It’s not acceptable when Tucker Carlson and others on Fox News do it — and what happened at Carlson’s home and to his family is not acceptable. Period,” said the media watchdog organization.

“If you are interested in holding Tucker Carlson accountable and reducing his influence, start by first holding yourself to a higher standard and then by contacting Fox News’ advertisers and urging them to stop financially supporting racism.”

In response to the Carlson story, Fox News’ Suzanne Scott and Jay Wallace took aim at intolerance of different points of view. WHICH IS RICH.

“We as a nation have become far too intolerant of different points of view,” Scott and Wallace declared, in words that Fox News critics would agree with, for all the right and not so right reasons. “Recent events across our country clearly highlight the need for a more civil, respectful, and inclusive national conversation. Those of us in the media and in politics bear a special obligation to all Americans, to find common ground.”

Funny how only after one of their own is targeted does Fox News recognize the danger of heightened rhetoric.

There has been a lot of talk from pundits and others that we are spending too much time worrying about Jim Acosta and his contentious relationship with the White House, and not enough time on more important issues like all the other bullshit this administration is pulling. I understand this argument, but I respectfully disagree. With the events of this week — specifically stripping Acosta of his press credentials, releasing a doctored video as justification for, and threatening to takes other reporters’ access if they do not fall in line — we are no longer in the realm of Trump being a theoretical threat to the first amendment and the free press. He is actively trashing it while watching to see how we respond.

While you might think that Acosta is not blameless in all of this, that he provokes the president in part to make himself part of the story — first of all let me just point out that Acosta and April Ryan and Abby Phillips and other reporters who ask Trump questions that he doesn’t want to answer and that make him have a tantrum like he did today ARE DOING THEIR JOBS. This is not about them trying to burnish their careers, this is about them holding power accountable.

But also, the fact is that Trump said very plainly that he is considering stripping other people of their credentials, too. This isn’t just about one reporter. And if we’re not careful, if we are not paying attention, if we are not loud and angry, the only people who will have direct access to the most powerful man in the world and his administration, the only people outside of Congress who will be able to hold them accountable will be Fox News, The Washington Examiner, The Gateway Pundit and Infowars.

I hate this timeline.

In other TV news

The Satanic Temple was not just kidding around about suing Chilling Adventures of Sabrina and Netflix over the use of their Baphomet statue. They filed a suit for $50 million. It’s actually an interesting case — and it sounds like the Temple is most angry that the show associates Baphomet with evil:

“This case presents, among other things, a textbook example of the hornbook explanation of copyright protection that copyright law protects unique expressions, but not the ideas themselves,” asserts the complaint. “What makes this case particularly striking and significant is that it arises in the context of Defendants who are highly sophisticated media production and distribution companies which blatantly misappropriated Plaintiff’s unique expression of an idea even though they have a long history of vigorously protecting their own intellectual property.”

Perhaps ironically, The Satanic Temple states it designed and commissioned its Baphomet “to be a central part of its efforts to promote First Amendment values of separation of church and state and equal protection,” adding that the Netflix series’ “prominent use of this symbol as the central focal point of the school associated with evil, cannibalism and murder blurs and tarnishes the TST Baphomet with Children as a mark of TST.”

You can pay your respects to Frank Underwood in real life. (But only for a limited time.)

We have another hint about the Breaking Bad movie: “the storyline “’tracks the escape of a kidnapped man and his quest for freedom.’” Also, Vince Gilligan has previously hinted at what he thought lay in store for Jesse Pinkman. Could both of these stories be one and the same?

Conan talked a little about what his new show will be like, and it sounds like what his old show was like, just shorter? Maybe less monologue? I don’t know.

Oh my goodness, Channel Zero: Dream Door action figures. No thank you please.

This is a decent list of shows you should stream over the Thanksgiving break instead of fighting with your family about the election. (I’m still going to fight with my family about the election, though.)

Ned Stark, like everyone else, thinks that Arya will be the last Stark standing.

Blumhouse TV, Vida and Men in Trees are some of the first announced participants at the Austin Television Festival.

The recent election might have actual consequences for the men at the center of Making of a Murderer. 

Duff Beer is going to be a thing — but only for one day only.

And you can own your own pair of white walkers soon. If you’re more Targaryen, these might light your fire.

This is just a very long piece about the making of My Brilliant Friend, if you are interested.

IMPORTANT. (If you care about seeing Chris Pine’s penis. This is only important if you care about seeing Chris Pine’s penis.)

Congratulations, Meg Ryan and John Mellencamp! It’s weird but whatever!

Time’s Up

The Women’s March and #MeToo were the seeds that blossomed into the record number of women headed to Congress next year. It’s not all terrible.

GOD DAMMIT, JOE BIDEN, YOU BETTER APOLOGIZE.

Ezra Miller revealed he was harassed by a director when he was underage.

Renewals

In Development

Casting News

Mark Your Calendar

  • Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath returns on A&E on November 27.
  • Inside Jokes will premiere on Amazon on November 30.
  • Kingdom premieres on Netflix on January 25. It’s a Korean zombie series and it looks gorgeous:

 

WATCH THIS

FRIDAY

Outlaw King: Chris Pine goes full monty, y’all. Also, something something Robert the Bruce something. Netflix

Patriot: Season two of the weird spy kinda-comedy. Amazon

Westside: Netflix gets into the reality business with this new series that follows 9 young people as they try to break into the music business. Series premiere. Netflix

Room 104: Season two premiere. 10:30 p.m., HBO

SATURDAY

Love, Simon: A gay teen love story. It shouldn’t be remarkable, but somehow it is. 7 p.m., HBO

It’s Christmas Eve: NO IT IS NOT. 7 p.m., Hallmark.

Saturday Night Live: Liev Schreiber & Lil’ Wayne. Fun fact: “Liev Schreiber” is the most difficult celebrity name to spell. You’re not wrong to think it would be a Gyllenhaal, but it is actually “Liev Schreiber.” 10:30 p.m., NBC

SUNDAY

60 Minutes: This could change by the time this is published, but as of now, 60 Minutes will do a piece on the immigrant mother whose two-year-old daughter died after being held in custody at the border. This story is particularly close to my heart as my husband is one of the mother’s lawyers. It’s going to be painful, but you should watch and see what our administration is doing to people. 6:30 (ish — after football) p.m., CBS

Sally4Ever: In this British comedy, a bored woman engages in an affair with another woman on the night her dull boyfriend proposes to her. Series premiere. 9:30 p.m., HBO

The Last Ship: Chandler faces his greatest threat ever in the series premiere. 8 p.m., TNT

20/20: Becoming Michelle: A First Lady’s Journey with Robin Roberts: COME BACK, MICHELLE. WE NEED YOU. 8 p.m., ABC

You: Season (series?) finale. 9 p.m., Lifetime

The Walking Dead: OH SHIT, THERE’S A HUGE TIME JUMP. OH SHIT. 8 p.m., AMC

Late Night: Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (Friday): Mark Wahlberg, Chip & Joanna Gaines, Zac Brown Band The Late Show with Stephen Colbert: (Friday): Alexander Skarsgard Watch What Happens Live (Sunday): Kandi Burruss, Keke Palmer

FRI. 7:00 7:30 8:00 8:30 9:00 9:30
ABC Fresh Off the Boat
(new)
Speechless
(new)
Child Support
(new)
20/20
(new)
CBS MacGyver
(new)
Hawaii Five-0
(new)
Blue Bloods
(new)
CW Dynasty
(new)
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
(new)
Local
FOX Last Man Standing
(new)
The Cool Kids
(new)
Hell’s Kitchen
(new)
Local
NBC Blindspot
(new)
Midnight, Texas
(new)
Dateline
(new)


SAT. 7:00 7:30 8:00 8:30 9:00 9:30 10:00 10:30 11:00 11:30
ABC College Football
(live)
News/Local
CBS NCIS
(repeat)
FBI
(repeat)
48 Hours
(new)
News/Local
FOX College Football
(live)
News/Local
NBC College Football: Florida State at Notre Dame
(live)
News/Local Saturday Night Live
(Liev Schreiber & Lil’ Wayne)


SUN. 6:00 6:30 7:00 7:30 8:00 8:30 9:00 9:30
ABC America’s Funniest Home Videos
(new)
Dancing with the Stars: Juniors
(new)
Becoming Michelle
(new)
Country Music’s Biggest Stars
(new)
CBS NFL Football
(live)
60 Minutes
(new)
God Friended Me
(new)
NCIS: Los Angeles
(new)
Madam Secretary
(new)
The CW Local Supergirl
(new)
Charmed
(new)
Local
FOX Last Man Standing
(repeat)
Bob’s Burgers
(repeat)
The Simpsons
(new)
Bob’s Burgers
(new)
Family Guy
(new)
Rel
(new)
Local/News
NBC Sunday Night Football: Cowboys at Eagles
(live)
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